The Archaic Cyclades (540–490)
This chapter discusses the background to a period of apparent economic prosperity in the Cyclades during the late sixth century. This period saw many of the islands in the region minting their own coinage, building and operating warships, and constructing monumental temples and fortification walls. The chapter argues that these phenomena were expressions of peer-polity interaction, but that the advent of the trireme and the involvement of outside powers in the region promoted the growth of naval power and attempts by the islanders to control local trade routes.
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